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Nostalgic Circle Journal

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

The specifications for this album were to create a nostalgic circle journal page in black and white.

"People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things
they weren't so crazy about the first time around."
~Author Unknown

nostalgic circle journal

You can read more about what a circle journal actually is at if you like.

My Nostalgic Circle Journal Layout - Process

Here's where to look if you need some information about circle journals.

This little scalloped album measured about 4" x 4" (about 10cm x 10cm). I made this album for a scrapbook swap I was in. The swap directions for this entry were to scrap a page about a childhood memory using only black and white supplies, and a photo was optional. As my particular childhood memory was tied up with a photo I decided to use one.

I happened to have some lovely black and white paper that was striped on one side and flowered on the other. When I searched my stash I found some black and white flowers and some white pearls along with some black ribbon and some plain white cardstock. That was enough to spark a plan!

I made many more pages for this Circle Journal and it was the loveliest swap. I received some beautiful pages in return

I detached a page from the album by opening the book binding ring, then traced around the scallops onto my patterned paper. I cut this out so it was a perfect fit using my craft knife and self-healing cutting mat. Next I attached the striped paper to the page and cut out the hole for the book binding ring to go through.

After that I cut out my photo so it was a circle and matted it onto a circular piece of flowered paper and set it aside.

Next I found the biggest white flower and added it to the lower left hand corner of the page, making sure the petals didn't overhang the page. Then I adhered the photo to the white flower. This allowed me to add the polka dotted flowers to the photo where I wanted them to be, which was off-centre for the white flower. Some white pearls in the centre of the flower completed the look I was after.

The right hand border was completed by tracing the scallop pattern of the page onto a strip of flowered paper, cutting it out and adhering it. Next I added a piece of black ribbon, then I cut out a strip of white paper and scallop edged it with some little deckle edged scissors I had. This was also adhered to the edge. I added some black dots to each scallop with my journaling pen and completed my journaling (which was my story about the photo).

And I was done! I really liked the effect of the black and white supplies with the black and white photo.

Why not try this colour combination yourself and see how you like scrapping in black and white? You can always use paper punches to make your shapes and borders and your Big Shot dies the same way and also to make paper flowers instead of doing so much hand-cutting.

You could make the process even easier by choosing Stampin' Up! Pocket Pages and albums as a basis for your swaps.

And if you do make a page or two for a nostalgic circle journal swap, don't forget to share your project with me!

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